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Last month we posted in the Country Weekly Message Boards that we'd have the opportunity to take some of your questions to Reba and have her answer them. Well, sure enough, she did. The following are questions that were submitted by Country Weekly online visitors via our message boards and email.
1. Tell us about your life in Los Angeles. What kinds of adjustments did you have to make when you moved to California - and have you now adapted to the L.A. lifestyle?
I love living in L.A. The weather is great and there are a lot of options when it comes to dining or entertainment. I do miss the spring and fall of Nashville. I think that time of year in Nashville is unbelievable.
2. With all the success of Reba, other acting offers must be pouring in. Do you have any other movie or TV projects in the works?
There have been offers for a couple of movies, but I'm not a fan of that process. It takes forever and the finished product rarely ends up the way it started with the script that is presented to you in the beginning. I am totally focused on the Reba show for now.
3. What are the biggest personal challenges you face doing a weekly series?
Memorizing the script. A weekly script normally consists of 38 pages of dialog that gets changed each day after rehearsals. The script doesn't rhyme and doesn't have a melody like a song.
4. Reba, you have become a very good actress. Which do you prefer... acting or singing?
When I sing, I always put myself in the place of whatever the subject is that I'm singing about. I've always felt even when I was singing, I was acting.
5. Do you find that you're making new fans for your music because of the success of the show?
There are so many people that watch the TV show that have never listened to a country radio station. They didn't even know I sing. The TV show has been great for expanding my musical audience.
6. If someone were to take a peek into your CD player, what album(s) would they see that you were listening to?
I listen to all kinds of music. The problem is that I am usually listening to the production, how the mix sounds, or something else that pertains to business. That's the down side to being in the business. It's hard not to start thinking about all of that when I listen to other music.
7. Your new album is your first of original music in four years. Was it hard to get back into the groove of recording?
I was concerned about my voice holding up because I hadn't sung since doing the "Girls' Night Out" tour in 2001. That's the longest I've ever gone without singing. Once I started in the studio, I realized how much I had missed singing.
8. How close are you with your castmates? Does your real-life family and TV family ever go out or socialize together?
We are all very close. Just about every weekend we are out to eat or at each others house for a party.
9. Have you had any more offers for Broadway roles, like "Annie Get Your Gun," and would you ever consider doing another play?
Broadway is the hardest work I've ever done. It's 8 shows a week with no breaks. I enjoyed doing "Annie Get Your Gun", but before I would do it again I'd have to be as passionate about the role as I was about playing Annie Oakley.
10. Who would you like to be a guest star on your show?
11. What's the last really great movie you saw?
12. Do you see yourself returning to a more traditional sound in your music? Similar to what you did in your early career, through the early 90's?
I think "Room To Breathe" has a more traditional sound. It all depends on the songs that I find each time I go in to record. I'm just looking for the very best 12 songs I can find to put on a CD and that usually determines the direction of my CDs.